Friday, February 1, 2008

Starting a new Month

February 1, 2008
They Will See God
Lysa TerKeurst
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God." Matthew 5:8 (NIV)
There is something amazing that happens to a soul when quiet majesty is observed. Recently I rode to the top of Straton Mountain. When I got off the gondola and took in the scene around me, my soul quickened at the obvious hand of God. It was amazing to see some of God's most glorious handiwork. Every tree, the vast blue sky, the swirled mix of sunshine and clouds, the rise of the mountain, and the slope down to the valley all placed by the hand of God.
As I took in the scene I imagined God asking, "Who will notice Me in all of this today? Who will stop for just a moment and see me? Who will let their soul linger ever so slightly and simply utter an acknowledgement of Me?"Oh God, the rocks surely do cry out great evidence of You.May I do the same. And not just on days when I am on vacation. Everyday God is there. Everyday we have an opportunity to notice and acknowledge, and see and rejoice. Even when the world is crazy around me, I can still make the choice to see God.Matthew 5:8 says, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God." It doesn't say, "blessed is the perfect person."It doesn't say, "blessed is the woman who has perfect Biblical knowledge."It doesn't say, "blessed is the one who never misplaces library books."It doesn't say, "blessed is the mom who never messes up with her kids."Nope. It says blessed is that woman whose heart is pure. In other words, "blessed is that woman who lives in expectation of seeing God- who looks for and acknowledges Him- whose greatest desire is to see God--- for she certainly will."So whether your scenery today consists of beautiful mountains or mountains of laundry -- look for Him -- make the choice to acknowledge Him. Choose to see Him, and then you will.
Dear Lord, help me to pause today and make the choice to see You, acknowledge You, thank You, and represent You well. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

I thought this was a great devotional to start a new month with, so I'm passing it along to all of you. I get a new one everyday on the internet, plus read from two other books each day. Helps me to keep things in perspective. Do any of you have a favorite devotional book??


Just Another Day In Paradise said...

That's a great devotional. To be purposely looking for what God wants to show me daily has been something I've been praying about lately.
What a great way to start a new month.

Mari said...

That's a good one and a good way to start a new month. Lately I've been reading chapters from the Message. It's a paraphrase, so I know it can't be taken word for word like the Bible, but I'm realy enjoying reading passages I've heard so many times, with fresh wording. It makes me think about them more.

Nise' said...

A couple of my favorites are Beloved by Kay Arthur, Praying God's Word Day by Day by Beth Moore and I like to read from The Message as well.

Nancy said...

Those are all very good & don't have a devotional from Beth Moore but have read some of her books

Deb said...

Hi Nancy, I just got Grace for the moment (vol.2)By Max Lucado, I like it.I am going for Beth's books, she is great. I needed that devotion you posted ..Thank you my friend:)

Laura said...

That was a great thing to read this morning. Thanks!